Edy Kizaki

Walking Around Green Lake – Quiet Winter Haven

February 1, 2013 in Green Lake, Parks and Beaches

GLtreesIt’s three miles around Green Lake on the walking path.  There are actually two paths next to each other, one for those on wheels and the other for those on foot.  In the summer there are boat rentals, tennis WhiteDogcourts, the kids’ playground, the community center with a swimming pool, and sunbathers on the grass.  In winter it’s a quieter scene, but just as intriguing.

One of Seattle’s favorite parks, it is hard to imagine a day any time of year when Green Lake wouldn’t have a steady stream of dog walkers, joggers, skaters (OK more of them in the summer, but…) and even bicyclists making use of the variety of paths and the road that circle the three mile path circling the lake. Want to sit and soak in the beauty? Take a seat on the strategically placed benches. Your toddler wants to mess around in the sand or climb the play equipment? Head for the playground. Basketball? It’s there. Indoor gym and pool? Inside the community center. Grass to picnic on? Yes. Rental boats? Yes. Swimming? Indeed, although that certainly takes place mainly in the summer. And always, people watching.

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In winter the air may be mighty crisp but the walkers and runners circling the lake look intent and happy all at once, if that’s possible to imagine. It’s a factor GreenLake03GreenLake5-2of the quietly stunning scenes you will never fail to encounter if it’s bright and blue or luminously glowing grey with sunset tones and translucent violets. Clean air surrounds you and seems to transport you to a timeless grace where everything is just as it should be and Green Lake is your own personal little slice of heaven.

 

 

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Edy Kizaki

A Truly Neighborhood Bar and Grill in Green Lake

June 4, 2012 in Green Lake, Restaurants

GLBG2Hey, is it Greenlake or Green Lake, anyway?  This question may never be settled, because here in Seattle people have been doing both.  I tend to think it’s actually Greenlake, as seen in the media most often.  But then, on the Seattle Parks website, it’s Green Lake.  And in our real estate Multiple Listing Service, the GLBG3neighborhood is known as Green Lake.  So when I write about the neighborhood, I use the spelling Green Lake.

But enough of this, let’s talk about a great place to eat in … er… Green Lake.  The Greenlake Bar & Grill.  If you click on their logo on the Neighborhood Grills website (this is one of a group of restaurants which also include Eastlake Bar & Grill (one of our favorites), Lake Forest Park Bar & Grill (great eats, service only so so) Lunchbox Laboratory (recently I blogged on it) in South Lake Union, and two I have not tried, Crossroads Bar and Grill and Bremmerton Bar and Grill).  ANYway, if you click on the Greenlake logo, you will get a cool video of the venue and nearby Green Lake too.

The food is great, plentiful, and deservedly talked about with real pleasure by the regulars!  They do a breakfast daily from 9 to 11 with such favorites as GLBG5Buttermilk Pancakes, various scrambles, Breakfast Tacos, Veggie Fritatta, Shirmp and Potato Cakes…brunch is Saturdays and Sundays 9-2 with a grilled steak and blue cheese salad, fish and chips, burgers, angus prime dip, Piggy Mac n Cheese topped with grilled chicken, and more.  The menus are on their website along with lunch, dinner, and happy hour (finger foods like smokey cheddar fries and so much more, salads, burgers, well drinks, beers, all at very happy prices) menus too.

The same dishes do show up throughout all the menus as appropriate for time of day, but they do have daily specials as well.  Yesterday these included, for lunch on the $7.99 Big Deal Lunch, a Chicken Rice Bowl, Patty Melt done up right, Asian BBQ Salmon Sandwich, combos, for rotating drafts Elysian Perseus Porter, Pyramid Curveball Blonde, Sierra Nevada pale Ale, and Sam Adams Summer Ale (well, it WAS GreenlakeBar&Grill1pretty sunny after all) and cocktails that included an Orange Mojito, Acai Cosmo, and Whipped Caramel Cocoa with two kinds of vodka.

For me though, it’s as much the atmosphere that makes it a good choice, the light from the park slanting in the windows, the architectural spaces and privacy created by the inspired layout, the mood lighting and fast, friendly and efficient service.  Try it and let me know what you think!  And don’t forget to grab a latte and walk around the lake when you’re done with your meal.

GreenLakeWhile we’re on the subject, Green Lake is a place people love to live, and come to from surrounding areas and actually all over, to play and relax.  It is known as a center of physical fitness activity for one, a serene getaway in the midst of the city, a place with great eateries and a few good shops too, and all the sports and play opportunities that the Green Lake Park itself offers. It is a wonderful little pocket of lifestyle in the heart (well, northern heart) of Seattle, Green Lake real estate is always in demand simply because of what the lake provides, as well as the proximity to the downtown area making it a “dream commute” and easy to get to I-520 or I-90 to get to the Eastside too.  It is also one of the smaller neighborhoods space wise, creating more demand than the housing that exists, which keeps value high.  In recent years (but before the slow down in the market) there were many nice townhouse projects executed to the north and west of the central Green Lake area which brought more affordable housing into the highly desirable area.

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Edy Kizaki

Seattle Kids’ Activities – cheat sheet

February 1, 2011 in Ballard, Fremont, Green Lake, Greenwood/Phinney Ridge, Magnolia, Markets, Montlake, Museums, Queen Anne, Seattle for Kids, Wallingford, West Seattle

We’ll be adding information and links, but here are a lot of resources in a quick cheat sheet format.  If you are looking for kids’ activities in Seattle including sightseeing and fun, even a few kid-friendly restaurants, here is our A-List!  We love living in this city and my 9 year old Daniel and I never run out of great things to do…just time!!  We want you to know how great the city is and look forward to coming here.  Or if you live here, please share your favorties with me too!  The Comments is open, folks!

A book I recommend is Seattle Mama’s Handbook, here is a review I did: Edy’s blog on  Books on Seattle, including Seattle Mama Handbook, also here’s A Good Book for Relocating.

Links I Like for Kids in Seattle:

http://familyfun.go.com/vacations/destinations/pacific-states-vacations/washington-vacations/seattle-a-natural-urban-getaway-712335/ Seattle for Kids

http://familyfun.go.com/vacations/the-tropics-near-seattles-space-needle-713133/ Butterfly Garden at the Space Needle…it’s in the Pacific Science Center

for fun, check out the Space Needle webcam!

City of Seattle Self-Guided Walking Tours

City of Seattle History and Culture of Seattle

Good site for Seattle Festivals

A Good List of Seattle Kid’s activiites and interesting spots includes:

Alki Beach (in summer though, but has a nice prominade if it’s a sunny day, or fly a kite if it’s windy) and famous Salty’s Restaurant at Alki (West Seattle)
Alki Kayak Tours (West Seattle, on Alki…open weekends starting in March)
Seattle Aquarium (on Alaskan Way, Seattle Waterfront)
Aqua Verde Cafe and Paddle Club (on Lake Washington, U District…kayak rentals and guided tours)
Bainbridge Island Day Trip…we love the Ferry ride to Bainbridge, and you can get off, walk around, have lunch, shop and explore, even stay till dinner ( take the Ferry from near the Aquarium on Alaskan Way)
Ballard Locks (Ballard)
Benaroya Hall Garden of Remembrance
Boat Ride in Puget Sound (sailing or cruise),
Boeing Museum of Flight (south and west of Qwest Field)
Seattle Bug Safari Bug Zoo (near Pike Place Market)
Burke Gillman Trail (goes all the way from Sammamish to Ballard…ride bikes?!  rollerblade??!!)
Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture (near UW)

Bus “Free Ride” Area in Seattle
Cal Anderson Park
(for smaller kids?)
Carkeek Park (has Environmental Learning Center)
Center for Wooden Boats, Lake Union (Eastlake)
Discovery Park (Magnolia)  This is the city’s largest park with over 11 miles of trails for walking, including on the Sound (go over the train tracks)

Experience Music Project & SciFi Museum, (back at Seattle Center) it’s great!!! Good cafe for lunch, too
Fremont Troll (and Rocket, and the Cut with Dinosaur Hedges Topiary),
Japanese Garden at the UW Arboretum
and another, Kubota Garden in South Seattle
Fisherman’s Terminal (Interlake/Magnolia)

Gasworks Park to climb and fly kites, good for long or short visit, also arrive early to get a place for fireworks July 4 and New Year’s Eve (Wallingford on Lake Union)
Golden Gardens Park (Ballard)
Green Lake is a 3 mile walk around the lake which is always a great activity, and there is a playground to run around (in the Green Lake neighborhood which also has tennis courts, sports fields, kayak lessons, and some well-know casual dining, or Duke’s Chowder House for a slightly more formal meal with 4 award-winning chowders and good fish) and kids’ menu).
Harbor Steps, Seattle (near SAM, the Art Museum)
International District Attractions
Klondike Gold Rush Park & Museum (downtown Seattle)

Log House Museum (West Seattle)  Birthplace of Seattle, roots & heritage of Native Americans
Matthews Beach Park (summer swimming…north of U District on Lake Washington)
Molly Moon’s ice cream/frozen custard shop in Capitol Hill (or try Peaks or Old School)
Monorail (downtown to Seattle Center)
Mt. Baker Park (Mt. Baker looking toward Bellevue on Lake Washington, has swimming)
Mount Baker Sailing and Rowing Center (on Lake Washington)
Museum of History and Industry (on Lake Washington in Montlake/U Dist)
Myrtle Edwards Park (Elliot Bay next to Olympic Sculpture Garden, great views of bay and Olympics)
Nordic Heritage Museum (Ballard)
Northwest Puppet Center (Maple Leaf north of the U District)
Olympic Sculpture Park (Elliot Bay)
Orca Whale Watching tour (San Juans)
Original Starbucks (at Pike Place Market)
Pacific Science Center (Seattle Center)
Pike Place Market,
Pioneer Square
Qwest Field Tour (near Alaskan Way…home to Seattle Seahawks)
SAFECO Field Tour (near Qwest Field…home to Seattle Mariners)
Salty’s Restaurant at Alki
School of Acrobatics and New Circus Acts (Georgetown)  video
Seattle Art Museum (SAM, above Alaskan Way)
Seattle Center
Seattle Center Skatepark
Seattle Central Library (amazing building, downtown)
Seattle Children’s Museum (it’s for younger kids, but Daniel still likes it, some fun computerized and art stuff, in Seattle Center)
Seattle Center House events,
Seattle Glass Blowing Studio (near Seattle Center)
Seattle Outdoor Markets (neighborhoods, some open year round, others are seasonal)
Smith Tower (8 blocks south of Pike Place Market in Free Ride zone)
Sno Parks for Snowmobiling (Washington)
Space Needle (you can eat at the Sky City restaurant on top, Dave and I did it for brunch, it’s great, revolves slowly and food was good!),

Theo Chocolate Factory Tour (need reservations, I did a blog on this once, will try to find it…it’s in Fremont)
Underground Tour (Pioneer Sqaure)
UW Arboretum also has great Family Programs
Vertical World Rock Climbing Gym (in Queen Ann down around Nickerson…also new facility being planned for 2011)
Volunteer Park Conservatory (Capitol Hill)
Waterfall Garden (Pioneer Square…secluded and beloved)
Wing Luke Museum (“The Wing”), International District
Woodland Park Zoo even though sometimes the animals hide, it is a good example of a modern, “green” zoo where the animals’ comfort is considered over that of the visitors, and has a cool parrot house where you can hold and or feed the birds, and a variety of exhibits…also a great indoor run/climb/play area which will be less crowded in the weekdays.  (Phinney Ridge, near Green Lake and Fremont)
World Spice (you like to cook, right?  kids can explore and sniff, you can stock up…)
Ye Olde Curiosity Shop (near Acquarium on Alaskan Way)

All the Best,

Edy

Edy Kizaki

Edy Kizaki
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